The ECODADS (a 501c3 non-profit group of fathers who serve as change agents) seek YOUR help to enable the award-winning and insightful filmmaker, LOUIE SCHWARTZBERG, (who is one of our co-founding fathers) to make the Feature Length version of this inspirational, healing and beautiful short film GRATITUDE, which received a standing ovation at TEDxSF and has acquired more than 3 million views on YouTube, making it the most popular TEDx talk of all time.
YOUR BACKING RECEIVED BY ECODADS.ORG IS 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE.
Upon completion of the film, Louie wants to offer the film to those who suffer from chronic pain (such as cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments, back therapy, kidney transplants and burn victims) at hospitals and treatment centers around the globe. He also wants to bring "Gratitude" on TOUR to screen at K-12th grade schools, colleges, faith organizations, senior care facilities and hospice organizations, as a means of support to help foster mindful reflection, thankfulness, health, balance and well-being.
Over the past year, Louie has approached many
traditional Hollywood studios. None have
been interested in expanding their vision, and taking the RISK to make this
film a reality, because it doesn’t fit into their narrow, blockbuster strategy. The online response to Louie's inspirational videos has generated over 20 million views, indicating an audience hunger for this type of experiential content. He wants to create a new paradigm that is
outside the traditional boundaries of the film industry to fill the unmet demand and deliver something that is revolutionary,
emotionally uplifting, reflective and impactful.
To date, hundreds have commented on the film and many have posted how
the film has "changed their lives" and have asked "when and where they
will be able to watch the feature length film."
Your support will enable us to share this with
even more people and change more lives.
FILM BACKGROUND AND VISION:
The feature length version of the film will be
broken into engaging segments, which deeply explore the value and foundational
elements that make up Gratitude including: mindfulness,
kindness, purpose, service, generosity, forgiveness, focus, awe and sense of
wonder, vision, perspective and love.
Our plan is to shoot, produce and exclusively
provide the first view of each of these segments to the entire community of backers
(so that we can ALL collectively see the film take shape, evolve and offer our
opinions) during the course of production.
This film is being produced at a time when the
field of behavioral sciences (genomology, psychology, sociology, anthropology)
are undergoing breakthroughs in those disciplines. Practitioners have started to broaden their scope
and usage of inquiry tools, from ancient meditative practices, to MRI scans of
the human brain, in order to more clearly understand how our innate connections
(vs learned behavioral responses), social interactions and cultural dynamics
are blossoming into new constructs and ways of being.
Gratitude will include
stories of people whose courage, compassion and generosity to others produce a
palpable sense of gratefulness … people who might range from a Sri Lankan banker
who raised tens of thousands of people out of poverty through a bank for poor
people … to heroic monks in India who risk their lives against armed guerrillas
to rescue ailing children one at a time … to a blind American mountain climber,
a Beijing bus driver, an Andean mail deliverer or a Kenyan home care nurse … all
people whose lives of exceptional altruism inspire others, and produce the
essence of Gratitude. Woven throughout the human stories,
leading us from one to another, will be moments of profound observation from
children who remain in close touch with our deepest instincts along side
elders, whose wisdom and eloquence seem to re-frame the findings of science in
simple, unforgettable poetry.
In the end, Gratitude will
show that science and experience converge on certain clear elements of the
satisfactory life, attitudes such as facing one’s fears directly, approaching
life with continuing appreciation, with deep involvement and kindness to
others, with cultivation of friendships and loving relationships. We'll
discover that happiness involves simple things any among us can adopt. By
living out the strengths and virtues of these qualities day by day, we can and
will discover that … we can be happy and flourishing.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER:
Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director and
producer whose notable career spans more than three decades providing
breathtaking imagery for feature films, television shows, documentaries and
As a visual artist, Louie has created some of the
most iconic and memorable film moments of our time. He is an innovator in
the world of nature, aerial and “slice-of-life” photography - the only
cinematographer in the world who has literally been shooting time-lapse 24
hours a day, 7 days a week continuously for more than 30 years.
He recently completed Wings of
Life, a documentary feature for Disneynature, narrated by Meryl Streep. The
film reveals the fragile relationship between flowers, and their pollination
partners. It is a love story that feeds the earth. As a director, he is
completing Invisible Worlds, a 3D-IMAX film with National Geographic.
The film is a journey into invisible worlds that are too slow, too fast, too
small and too vast for the human eye to see. He has received Clio Awards for
Best Environmental PSA, an Emmy nomination for Best Cinematography for Oceans
of Air on the Discovery Channel, and recognized as one of the top 70
Cinematographers for the On Film Kodak Salute Series.
Currently, Louie is developing Moving
Art™, a vast digitally-accessible film library, which is the world’s first
collection of moving images created specifically as fine art for digital
display ranging from large-format monitors to mobile phones. Imagery that
celebrates every facet of life, mood and emotion.
Louie is credited by many with pioneering the
contemporary stock footage industry by founding Energy
Film Library, a global company, which was acquired by Getty Images in 1997. Motion picture clients
of his cinematic artistry include Sex in the City, The Bourne Ultimatum, Syriana,
Crash, Men in
classics such as American Beauty,
Koyaanisqatsi and E.T. among others.
Past projects included America's Heart & Soul,
a feature film distributed by Walt Disney Pictures;
a series of HD shorts, Louie Films, for the launch of Buena Vista Home Entertainment’s Blu-Ray DVD releases; Chasing
the Light, a one-hour documentary which aired nationally on PBS; Seasons of the Vinefor Disney's California Adventure Theme Park; and
a 26-half hour series, America!, for The Hallmark Channel.
Louie is active in the TED community, having spoken
at the TED 2011 conference in Long Beach, CA and TEDx San Francisco and Jackson Hole. His You Tube
videos have collected over 20 million views.
Louie has won two Clio Awards for Best Environmental Public
Service Spots, an Emmy nomination for Best Cinematography for the Discovery Channel Special, Oceans of Air,
and the Heartland
Film Festival's Truly Moving Picture Award for Walt Disney Pictures’ release, America’s Heart & Soul.
recognized as one of the top 70 Cinematographers for the On Film Kodak Salute Series.
He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion
Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Brother David Steindl-Rast, is a Benedictine monk who
co-founded the Center for Spiritual Studies with Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu and Sufi teachers. His
writings and interviews have contributed to well over 30 books and periodicals
from the Encyclopedia Americana to the New Age Journal and Parabola Magazine.
At present, Brother David serves a worldwide Network for Grateful Living.
Gary Malkin, is an award-winning composer/producer and public
speaker dedicated to catalyzing social change and individual healing
through the creation of inspiring, music-infused resources and events.
Finca Luna Nueva Shoot in Costa Rica
SOME IMAGES FROM THE FILM: